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NLD Statement 110
National League for Democracy
No: (97/b) West Shwegondine Road
STATEMENT 110 (11/98)
Contents of the letter dated 20 November from the Chairman of the
National League for Democracy to the Chairman of the State Peace and
Development Council on the subject of
"Agricultural land in Htan-gone Sub-Township of Kanbalu Township,
Sagaing Division" are reproduced for everybody's information.
(BEGINNING) "1. This information on the subject matter received by us
from the persons concerned is being forwarded to you for necessary
action. The effected villages are Kaing-yoe, Tha-yet-taw, In-lae-gyi,
Gyi-bin-tet, Koon-bin-gone, Ma-gyi-gone, Su-tat, phoke-gone, In-daing,
Nget-pyaw-daing, Kha-ong-daw, Pay-gyo, In-gar-daunt.
2. The circumstances are as follows:-
(a) On 3 November 1998 at 15:00 hours, two agents of persons who desired
to purchase land illegally and a female cook accompanied by a sergeant
and three soldiers from the Supply and Transport Battalion of the army
based near the ShweBo Regional College arrived at the area.
(b) Without delineating the land and without a sale deed, and without
payment of the real value, a document was presented for signatures.
(c) Out of fear, the villages fled their homes but were pursued by the
sergeant and his group who arrived at the house of U Chit Way at
Tha-yet-taw village where by threats and interrogation levelled at the
children they discovered that he was hiding there. U Chit Way was
threatened and beaten with the butt of the gun and dragged out of the
house, then forced to sign the illegal document.
(d) Then they captured and held the children as hostages which made the
parents more terrified and involuntarily sign the documents.
3. Being extremely aggrieved by the above intolerable operations, about
900 villagers gathered together and demonstrated their disapproval in
the night (23:00 hours). What happened next is set out below:-
(a) The sergeant and his group and soldiers of the Htan-gone outpost
were surrounded by the people.
(b) Soldiers from Zigone(Htan-ta-bin township), members of the Union
Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) went in their motor
vehicles to their rescue but were prevented from reaching them by road
blocks. When this failed, ten young girls stood in front of the vehicles
and stopped them. The villagers resorted to sling shots and the
soldiers responded by firing their guns in the air before they
(c) On 4 November a party of 12 soldiers from Zigone township and some
members of the USDA group and a member of the District SPDC arrived at
the village to assist the sergeant and the representatives of the
illegal purchasers and put pressure on the villagers. Because of the
strong resistance by the villagers, the illegal activities of the
authorities has been temporarily averted.
4. We send you this information so that appropriate investigations can
be made and punishment meted out to those who have been indulging in
these illegal activities.(END)"
National League for Democracy
23 November 1998
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